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11. September 2017 : LA/Reykjavík Festival at Harpa Concert Hall


In April 2017 the Los Angeles Philharmonic presented a “Reykjavík Festival” at Walt Disney Concert Hall, an ambitious enterprise which received unanimous praise from audiences and critics alike. 

In October 2017, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra will reciprocate with its own “LA/Reykjavík” festival in Harpa Concert Hall. Click the article for the preliminary program.

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6. September 2017 : General manager Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir's contract extended for four years

The executive board of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra has extended the orchestra's contract with Arna Kristín Einarsdóttir, the ISO's general manager, for another four years, effective September 1. 

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24. August 2017 : New violin concerto by Daníel Bjarnason

Daníel Bjarnason, Iceland Symphony's artist in residence, premiered his first violin concerto at the Hollywood Bowl last Tuesday night with violinist Pekka Kuusisto and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Next season the Iceland Symphony Orchestra will premiere the concerto in Iceland with Pekka Kuuisto and Daníel Bjarnason conducting. 

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18. April 2017 : Iceland Symphony live at Gothenburg Concert Hall

Iceland Symphony's concert at Göteborgs Konserthus will be stremed live on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 17.30 GMT.

Víkingur Ólafsson, one of Iceland's leading musicians, plays Richard Strauss's rarely heard Burleske. The programme opens with Aeriality by Anna Þorvaldsdóttir and concludes with the ever-popular Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius.

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20. March 2017 : Osmo Vänskä appointed as Honorary Conductor

Osmo Vänskä has been appointed as the Honorary Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. This is a significant honour for the Iceland Symphony; Vänskä is at the height of his powers and has received great international acclaim for his work.

Vänskä is a familiar figure to Icelandic concertgoers as the orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor since 2014 and the Chief Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra from 1993 to 1996. 

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10. March 2017 : Choralis is now available on Spotify


Choralis, Iceland Symphony's newest CD, has just been released on Spotify and is now available online. It features orchestral works by Icelandic composer Jón Nordal.


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7. March 2017 : Live stream on Thursday March 9th

Iceland Symphony Orchestra will be live from Eldborg Harpa with pianist Paul Lewis playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 2 and 3 and Haydn's Symphony no. 96, "The Miracle".

The stream will start at 7:30 GMT and will be available on Youtube and on the homepage of the orchestra

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14. February 2017 : Two open positions 

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra has a vacancy for a 2nd Concertmaster and 2nd Bassoon. 

The auditions will take place May 4th and 5th respectively. Application deadline is March 4th 2017.

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16. November 2016 : Sono Luminus records Icelandic music with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra

A new album will include Daníel Bjarnason's Emergence, Thurídur Jónsdóttir's Flow and Fusion, María Huld Markan's Aequora, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir's Dreaming, and a work by Hlynur A. Vilmarsson.

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